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Supreme Court appointment must not be made under a cloud of distrust

“The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few or many and whether hereditary, self-appointed or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” – James Madison, Federalist 47, ...

Systemic racism at root of latest executive order on immigration

The human rights catastrophe occurring on our borders and in detention centers across the country is not, and never has been, about keeping America safe. This has never been about protecting children. This has never been about upholding the rule ...

Federal regulator to reform CRA but won’t confirm discrimination

When the Community Reinvestment Act was enacted in 1977, urban disinvestment, redlining and blockbusting were widespread across the country. Credit was also tight in rural communities where the mortgage needs of rural residents were mostly served by smaller banks. In ...

It’s time for Blacks to pull the trigger on politics

How often do we hear messages about the amount of money Black people spend every year as consumers? In a recent report by Nielsen titled, “Black Dollars Matter: The Sales Impact of Black Consumers,” the message was once again highlighted: ...

Americans behaving un-American

As the story evolves about children being separated from their parents on the southern border of this country, we hear over and over again that doing such is “un-American.” I beg to differ. Separating families has been a major component ...

Advice to graduates: Pursue a Ph.D. in common sense

“Education must not simply teach work. It must teach life.” – W.E.B. DuBois

Evil personified

The past week saw a new level of evil and political degradation at the American border with the unbearable images of crying children being taken away from their desperate parents and locked up in “tender age shelters” and warehouses,

Hey, elected officials: No more chicken dinners. We need policy

It’s that time again. It occurs every year around the same time like clockwork. It’s election season.

Cities, states support preserving fair housing rule

n reaction to the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s suspension of an important fair housing rule, a groundswell of national advocacy has emerged calling to preserve the rule and its goals of fair housing for all. To date, and ...

America’s underwear unchanged

It is probably safe to say that all of us were told by our mothers when we were little that we should always make sure our underwear was clean. They said the reason was that we never know when or ...

A cruel abandonment of the ‘least of these’

“Little kids are begging and screaming not to be taken from parents, and they’re hauled off. Parents are telling their older kids, ‘Be brave, be brave.’ It’s as bad as anything I’ve seen in 25-plus years of doing this work.” ...

Mulvaney joins payday industry to fight regulation

Everyday American school children are taught about this country’s founding. Untold generations were taught that in a democracy, government is “of, by and for the people.” Yet when it comes to consumer finance, some who serve in government seem to ...

‘We will not be pushed around’

In spite of the blistering reaction of Trump supporters against the statement of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that his country “will not be pushed around,” I, for one, am glad he stood up to this president.

When it comes to the vote, we’re fighting a second Civil War

The talk shows are filled with the latest rumor about WikiLeaks and Russian interference in our elections. What was done still remains a mystery. But Republican tricky leaks – the systematic efforts to suppress the vote – are an established ...

Sen. Robert Kennedy

On the night Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, who had announced his decision to run for president, was campaigning in Indiana when the news came of King’s assassination. He movingly shared the terrible news ...